NSSF Issues Statement on Chicago Gun Trace Report

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National Shooting Sports FoundationNEWTOWN, Conn.-(Ammoland.com)- The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), the trade association for the firearms and ammunition industry, today issued the following statement.

Gun Trace Report 2017 issued at the direction of the Chicago Mayor’s Office outlines a comprehensive public safety strategy, certain elements of which the firearms industry would endorse including increasing the number of police officers on the street and tough sentences for criminals who use guns. The bulk of the report, however, starts from a purposely misleading premise and represents what we have heard before as a political narrative from the administration of Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

As to the premise, a tracing request is simply a law enforcement tool. As the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives (ATF) ATF has repeatedly stated, “The appearance of [a licensed dealer] or a first unlicensed purchaser of record in association with a crime gun or in association with multiple crime guns in no way suggests that either the federal firearms licensed dealer (FFL) or the first purchaser has committed criminal acts. Rather, such information may provide a starting point for further and more detailed investigation.” (Crime Gun Trace Analysis Reports, ATF, 1998).

Federal Firearms Licensees (FFLs) are already heavily regulated. Additional laws on the state level would be redundant and burdensome without doing anything to enhance public safety, only serving to impede the lawful commerce in firearms and ultimately affecting only law-abiding citizens.

The areas of Chicago affected by the criminal misuse of firearms are under siege from criminal cartel and gang activity involved in the trafficking of illegal drugs. Even when apprehended and convicted these repeat criminals are often treated leniently by the criminal justice system. Taking criminals off the street is the only way to stem this violence.

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Taking criminals off the street is the only way to stem this violence.

Chicago already has some of the most stringent gun control regulations in the country and, clearly, criminals are not complying with the laws. More laws won’t work to change criminal behavior.

The National Shooting Sports Foundation, on behalf of the firearms industry, recently concluded an impactful “Don’t Lie for the Other Guy” anti-straw purchasing public awareness campaign using radio, billboards, transit advertising and social media messaging in the Chicagoland area (the second such campaign in five years) at the request of and in coordination with ATF. Several area law enforcement organizations participated in a public event to launch that campaign. It is indicative of the political narrative pursued by Mayor Emmanuel that no representative of the City of Chicago or the Chicago Police was present for that event.

Chicago has a serious criminal violence problem in portions of the city. It is not emblematic of the nation, nor even of Chicago, overall. We applaud the initiative of the U.S. Department of Justice under Attorney General Jeff Sessions to bring more federal resources to bear in Chicago. We call on all levels of law enforcement and all segments of the community to work together. It is patently wrong for Mayor Rahm Emanuel to use the framework of this report in a false narrative to again blame the firearms industry for problems that require great political will to address.

About NSSF

The National Shooting Sports Foundation is the trade association for the firearms industry. Its mission is to promote, protect and preserve hunting and the shooting sports. Formed in 1961, NSSF has a membership of more than 12,000 manufacturers, distributors, firearms retailers, shooting ranges, sportsmen's organizations and publishers. For more information, log on to www.nssf.org/.

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    Only ‘crime guns’ are traced according to ATF. Nothing could be further from the truth. Any gun encountered by police may be subject to a trace request through eTrace. This includes legit concealed carry firearms, recovered stolen guns, neighbor’s guns near a crime scene, and in some states, all guns purchased at gun shops. All are called ‘crime guns’ by ATF, but many aren’t. This alone skews the statistics to make them meaningless.

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    Chicago’s method of dealing with their crime issues is akin to herding cats, i.e. cats do not obey commands no matter how loudly they are given. Telling cats not to do something has absolutely no effect on their behavior. The only way to control a herd of cats is to put them in a pen they cannot get out of. So, isn’t it logical (or to use the liberal vernacular, common sense) that passing MORE laws, which won’t be obeyed by the criminal element and which will adversely affect only law abiding citizens, will have no effect on crime? Isn’t… Read more »

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    The only problem is you have these politicians and judicial activist DAs and judges. It would be long before a justified shoot is determined to not and innocent people are executed.

    Pistol Pete
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    Putting criminals in the ground is the best way to stop the gun violence in this country.
    A mandatory death sentence carried out 30 days after a conviction for any and all gun related crimes would cut the gun crime rate way down

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    Umm…that’s a little extreme. Instead of focusing on “gun-related crimes,” perhaps the death penalty should be used for violent crimes that cause great bodily harm, and others crimes such as rape, child molestation, murder, and acts of terrorism and treason. Of course, we need to repeal all the gun laws that are designed to make criminals out of citizens who make every attempt to obey our laws.